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Hi everyone from sweltering Somerset!  I've stumbled across a former 'thread' regarding the planting of an oak tree in memory of a dear friend, which is exactly what we intend to do, and I am wondering whether anyone could advise me as to the best way to actually plant our tree.  We've chosen an English Oak and we're lucky enough to have a large field to plant it in, but the soil is rather heavy and clay in parts and the field is  sometimes prone to flooding.   Should we choose some where else to plant it?  Also, which form of fertiliser would be best to use?   Any suggestions would be very very appreciated.  Jo


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720

    Clay isn't a problem. Flooding is. If you want to add fertiliser. a sprinkle of bonemeal around the roots as you plant would be good, but in general native trees don't need fertiliser. Keep a circle of around 3 ft across clear of weeds until it gets established.

    The squirrels plant them for me. I spend my time pulling them out.

  • Thank you so much for the advice, I think i'll change the location to a drier part of the field.  Much obliged, pesky squirrels! image

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,397

    Good advice from Fidget; clay is not a problem. Keep the ground weed free and place a tree guard around it.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
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